British audio institution Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) has taken the wraps disconnected the $999 Panorama 3 — its precise archetypal Dolby Atmos-capable soundbar. The all-in-one talker is disposable starting March 3 astatine bowerswilkins.com and prime B&W retailers. At that price, the Panorama 3 joins a increasing postulation of near-$1,000 Dolby Atmos soundbars that includes the $899 Sonos Arc, $899 Bose Smart Soundbar 900, and $1,000 Sony HT-A5000.
B&W mightiness beryllium champion known successful audiophile circles for its $35,000 per brace floor-standing loudspeakers, but the institution besides knows a happening oregon 2 astir gathering talker systems for those who privation to support things simple. In fact, that’s the full premise down the Panorama 3: There’s nary wireless subwoofer, nary HDMI inputs, and nary enactment for rear speakers. Instead, B&W has enactment everything you request wrong 1 remarkably slender talker enclosure. There are 13 idiosyncratic drivers, including 3 3/4-inch dome tweeters, six 2-inch cone bass/midranges, 2 2-inch cone Atmos (height) drivers, and duplicate 4-inch subwoofers — each powered by 400 watts of amplification. The result, B&W says, is “a room-filling and almighty dependable nary one-box rival tin match.”
That’s a important departure from the plan of the Panorama 2, which acted arsenic some soundbar and A/V receiver replacement, with a slew of HDMI inputs and the quality to adhd a wired subwoofer. But conscionable due to the fact that the Panorama 3 lacks immoderate of these goodies doesn’t mean it’s lacking successful features.
The 2 main connections are an optical input and an HDMI ARC/eARC input, some of which tin beryllium utilized straight with your TV implicit a azygous cable. Your TV volition request to enactment Dolby Atmos implicit HDMI ARC/eARC, different you’ll beryllium constricted to Dolby 5.1 surround sound. From a wireless perspective, the Panorama has Bluetooth 5, with aptX Adaptive, AAC, and SBC codecs, positive Wi-Fi and Apple’s AirPlay 2 technology.
Those wireless connections volition fto you watercourse virtual audio from a smartphone oregon laptop, but if you privation to instrumentality vantage of the Panorama’s hi-res chops, it works with the B&W Music app. Within the app you’ll find entree to Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer, Soundcloud, and TuneIn.
It’s besides an Alexa-enabled astute speaker, letting you power a wide scope of astute location and audio functions utilizing dependable commands. Alexa tin besides articulation the Panorama 3 to a multiroom audio setup, but B&W is readying its ain mutlitoom feature. Shortly aft launch, it volition supply a bundle update that volition marque the Panorama 3 compatible with the company’s Formation enactment of wireless speakers, arsenic good arsenic its latest Zeppelin. Rounding retired its features is Spotify Connect compatibility.
There’s nary distant power — B&W encourages you to usage your TV distant for that — but it does see a wall-mount bracket successful the box, thing astir companies lone connection arsenic a paid option.
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